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News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRUE) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2016. "We have come a long way in the year since I joined TrueCar, and we are excited about re-accelerating our top-line growth while also improving our margins.  At this point, I am very confident that we now clearly understand and have our hands placed securely on the practical levers that we believe will enable us to continue to drive double-digit rates of unit and revenue growth for some time," said Chip Perry, TrueCar's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased with the financial results in the fourth quarter of 2016," continued Mike Guthrie, TrueCar’s Chief Financial Officer. "We have set the stage for strong growth and margin expansion over the next few years." (1) Non-GAAP net loss is a Non-GAAP financial measure.  Refer to its definition and accompanying reconciliation to GAAP net loss below. (2) Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure.  Refer to its definition and accompanying reconciliation to GAAP net loss below. (3) Franchise dealer count: We define franchise dealer count as the number of franchise dealers in the network of TrueCar Certified Dealers at the end of a given period. This number is calculated by counting the number of brands of new cars sold by dealers in the TrueCar Certified Dealer network at their locations, and includes both single-location proprietorships as well as large consolidated dealer groups. Note that this number excludes 376 Genesis franchises on our program as of December 31, 2016 due to Hyundai’s recent transition of Genesis to a stand-alone brand. In order to facilitate period over period comparisons, we have continued to count each Hyundai franchise that also has a Genesis franchise as one franchise dealer rather than two. TrueCar’s guidance for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017 is as follows: TrueCar's guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2017 is as follows: (4) Average monthly unique visitors: We define a monthly unique visitor as an individual who has visited our website, our landing page on our affinity group marketing partner sites, or our mobile applications within a calendar month. We calculate average monthly unique visitors as the sum of the monthly unique visitors divided by the number of months in that period. (5) Units: We define units as the number of automobiles purchased by our users from TrueCar Certified Dealers through TrueCar.com and our mobile applications or the car buying sites and mobile applications we maintain for our affinity group marketing partners. (6) Monetization: We define monetization as the average transaction revenue per unit, which we calculate by dividing all of our transaction revenue in a given period by the number of units in that period. (7) We are unable to provide reconciliations of forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA without unreasonable effort because we are unable to provide a forward-looking estimate of certain reconciling items between GAAP net loss and Adjusted EBITDA due to uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, warrant expense due to achievement of minimum performance milestones based on the level of vehicle sales and certain litigation costs due to timing, status, and cost of litigation, both of which may have a significant impact on GAAP results. Members of TrueCar management will host a conference call today, February 16, 2017, to discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2016 results at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To participate, domestic callers should dial 1-877-407-0789 and international callers should dial 1-201-689-8562. In addition, a live webcast of the call will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of TrueCar’s website at ir.true.com and will be archived online for 90 days upon completion of the conference call. A replay of the call will also be available the same day from 7:30 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on Thursday, March 2, 2017, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay pin number: 13652551. TrueCar has used, and intends to continue to use, its Investor Relations website (ir.true.com), Twitter (@TrueCar), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TrueCar), as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding TrueCar’s future growth potential and opportunities, outlook for the first quarter and full year 2017, future financial results, including expectations regarding future revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth and margin expansion, planned operational improvements, business strategy, plans and objectives and market expectations are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that may prove incorrect, any of which could cause TrueCar’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause TrueCar’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include: the ability to maintain and improve our relationship with, and perception among, car dealerships and grow our network of Certified Dealers, on an overall basis, among dealers representing high volume brands and in key geographies; reliance on third-party service providers; dependence upon affinity group marketing partners, especially USAA; compliance with U.S. federal and state laws and regulations directly or indirectly applicable to TrueCar's business; the ability to compete effectively in an increasingly competitive market and to grow and enhance TrueCar's brand; the continuing ability to provide customers access to our products and services; the successful improvement of TrueCar's technology infrastructure; macro-economic issues that affect the automobile industry; the ability to attract, retain, and integrate qualified personnel, including recently hired members of management and the hiring of additional personnel in our technology team; the ability to successfully resolve litigation to which TrueCar is subject; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully under the heading “Risk Factors” in TrueCar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 to be filed with the SEC. Moreover, TrueCar operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment.  New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for TrueCar's management to predict all risks, nor can management assess the impact of all factors on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward- looking statements TrueCar may make. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to TrueCar's management as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, management assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their respective dates. Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures This earnings release includes the following Non-GAAP financial measures; Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP net loss, and Non-GAAP net loss per share. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude interest income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, non-cash warrant expense, certain litigation costs, severance charges, real estate exit costs, and income taxes. We define Non-GAAP net loss as net loss adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation, non-cash warrant expense, certain litigation costs, severance charges and real estate exit costs. We have provided below a reconciliation of each of Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net loss should be considered as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. We use Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net loss as operating performance measures as each is (i) an integral part of our reporting and planning processes; (ii) used by our management and board of directors to assess our operational performance, and together with operational objectives, as a measure in evaluating employee compensation and bonuses; and (iii) used by our management to make financial and strategic planning decisions regarding future operating investments. We believe that using Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis because these measures exclude variations primarily caused by changes in the excluded items noted above. In addition, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP net loss and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts, rating agencies and other parties in evaluating companies as measures of financial performance and debt service capabilities. Our use of each of Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider either in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss alongside other financial performance measures, including our net loss, our other GAAP results, and various cash flow metrics. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses such as those that are the subject of adjustments in deriving Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss and you should not infer from our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net loss that our future results will not be affected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items. TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRUE) is a digital automotive marketplace that provides comprehensive pricing transparency about what other people paid for their cars and enables consumers to engage with TrueCar Certified Dealers who are committed to providing a superior purchase experience. TrueCar operates its own branded site and its nationwide network of more than 13,000 Certified Dealers, and also powers car-buying programs for some of the largest U.S. membership and service organizations, including USAA, AARP, American Express, AAA and Sam's Club. Over one third of all new car buyers engage with the TrueCar network during their purchasing process. TrueCar is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with offices in San Francisco and Austin, Texas. For more information, go to www.truecar.com. Follow TrueCar on Facebook or Twitter. (1) Includes stock-based compensation of $10.7 million incurred in the fourth quarter of 2015 related to the departure of certain executives. (2) The excluded amounts relate to legal costs incurred in connection with a claim we filed against Sonic Automotive Holdings, Inc. (the "Sonic Litigation"), complaints filed by non-TrueCar dealers and the California New Car Dealers Association against TrueCar, and securities and consumer class action lawsuits. We believe the exclusion of these costs is appropriate to facilitate comparisons of our core operating performance on a period-to-period basis. We do not believe significant trademark litigation like the Sonic Litigation is reflective of a trend in our underlying operations. Based on the nature of the specific claims underlying the excluded litigation matters, once these matters are resolved, we do not believe our operations are likely to entail defending against the types of claims raised by these matters. We expect the cost of defending these claims to continue to be significant pending resolution. (3) We incurred $1.3 million in severance costs in the second quarter of 2016 related to a reorganization of our product and technology teams to better align our resources with business objectives as we transition from multiple software platforms to a unified architecture.  In addition, we incurred severance cost of $0.5 million related to an executive who terminated during the second quarter of 2016. We incurred severance costs of $2.8 million and $3.4 million for executive-level employees who terminated during the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively. In addition, we also incurred $0.3 million of related recruiting fees for the placement of our new CEO in the fourth quarter of 2015. We believe excluding the impact of these terminations is consistent with our use of these non-GAAP measures as we do not believe they are a useful indicator of ongoing operating results. (4) Represents the initial estimate and updates to that estimate of lease termination costs associated with the consolidation of the Company's office locations in Santa Monica, California in December 2015. We believe that their exclusion is appropriate to facilitate period-to-period operating performance comparisons. (1) Includes stock-based compensation of $10.7 million incurred in the fourth quarter of 2015 related to the departure of certain executives. (2) The excluded amounts relate to legal costs incurred in connection with a claim we filed against Sonic Automotive Holdings, Inc. (the "Sonic Litigation"), complaints filed by non-TrueCar dealers and the California New Car Dealers Association against TrueCar, and securities and consumer class action lawsuits. We believe the exclusion of these costs is appropriate to facilitate comparisons of our core operating performance on a period-to-period basis. We do not believe significant trademark litigation like the Sonic Litigation is reflective of a trend in our underlying operations. Based on the nature of the specific claims underlying the excluded litigation matters, once these matters are resolved, we do not believe our operations are likely to entail defending against the types of claims raised by these matters. We expect the cost of defending these claims to continue to be significant pending resolution. (3) We incurred $1.3 million in severance costs in the second quarter of 2016 and in the year ended December 31, 2016 related to a reorganization of our product and technology teams to better align our resources with business objectives as we transition from multiple software platforms to a unified architecture.  In addition, we incurred severance cost of $0.5 million related to an executive who terminated during the second quarter of 2016. We incurred severance costs of $2.8 million and $3.4 million for executive-level employees who terminated during the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively. In addition, we also incurred $0.3 million of related recruiting fees for the placement of our new CEO in the fourth quarter of 2015. We believe excluding the impact of these terminations is consistent with our use of these non-GAAP measures as we do not believe they are a useful indicator of ongoing operating results. (4) Represents the initial estimate and updates to that estimate of lease termination costs associated with the consolidation of the Company's office locations in Santa Monica, California in December 2015. We believe that their exclusion is appropriate to facilitate period-to-period operating performance comparisons. (5) There is no income tax impact related to the adjustments made to calculate Non-GAAP net loss because of our available net operating loss carryforwards and the full valuation allowance recorded against our net deferred tax assets at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015.


MIAMI, Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold and silver medalist and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez, the 16-year-old dynamo who blazed into America’s heart during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will be awarded with the 2017 Latinovator Award at the eighth annual Hispanicize 2017 Week, April 3-6 (www.HispanicizeEvent.com). “Laurie’s achievements bring an instant smile to everyone because in addition to being a great Olympic champion, she represents a new wave of Latinas who dare to dream big and confidently shine as they reshape the face of America," said Manny Ruiz, founder and CEO of the Hispanicize Media Group that owns Hispanicize Event. ”We are delighted to welcome Laurie to Hispanicize at the start of what is sure to be a legacy-making sports and celebrity-filled career.” Born in New Brunswick, NJ to Wanda, a social worker and Anthony Hernandez, a New York City county clerk, Laurie began taking gymnastics at age five after she became bored with dance class. Nicknamed the “Human Emoji”, the 16-year-old gymnast is the first U.S. born Latina to join the U.S. women’s gymnastics team since 1984 and was also one of the youngest members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Most recently, the breakthrough star released her first book “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond.” At Hispanicize, Laurie will take center stage at the Latinovator Award lunch on Tuesday, April 4th, sponsored by Crest® in partnership with P&G Orgullosa, for whom she’s a national spokesperson. To celebrate this prestigious recognition with conference attendees, Laurie will also be available in the Crest and P&G Orgullosa suite for a meet-and-greet and photo opportunities. For scheduling details follow @Orgullosa on social media. Established in 2012, the Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other high achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievements are remarkable or inspirational. Each of the innovators will be presented individually with their awards at a special general session and discuss their inspirations, challenges, business habits and road to success. Laurie joins the 2017 Latinovator Award class that already includes Noticias Telemundo and NBC News anchor Jose Diaz-Balart. Previous Latinovator recipients include acting legend Rita Moreno, television icon Don Francisco, veteran actor Luis Guzman, journalist Soledad O’Brien, iconic producer Emilio Estefan, news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, famed musician Sheila E., Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sanchez, actor Carlos Ponce and others. Hispanicize 2017 Week will feature more than 200 speakers in 100+ sessions, town halls, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2017 also features the Second Annual DiMe Summit, the first annual Hispanicize CMO Summit, the Third Annual Tecla Awards, the 4th annual Positive Impact Awards and Second Annual NAHJ Spanish-language Journalist Conference. To reserve a hotel room visit http://bit.ly/2f4HhV0. See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2017 here: https://youtu.be/2c-oWnYBM0c) This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, PRWeek, the Latino Startup Alliance and Black Tech Week. Sponsorship opportunities are available through March 23, 2017 by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779. Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: P&G Orgullosa, Crest, Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Best Western, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AARP, KOA, CNN, CNN Español, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Alma, República, C-Com Group, FundLatinos.com, APC Collective, BodenPR, Savings.com, Visit Philly, SaludMóvil and The Calvert Foundation. About The Hispanicize Event  Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017. The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico. The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog. The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize). About Orgullosa  Orgullosa is a P&G-owned program that celebrates Latinas and empowers them to feel confident about their personal appearance, style and homes by offering solutions that satisfy their beauty and household needs through a variety of trusted brands, including Olay®, Secret®, Venus®, Pantene®, Crest®, Always®, Tide®, Downy®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Febreze®, Gain®, Pampers®, and Dawn®.


MIAMI, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Organizers of the annual Hispanicize event announced the winners of the 2017 Positive Impact Awards (PIA), presented by Prudential Financial, Inc. Now in its fourth year, the Positive Impact Awards celebrate and honor everyday Hispanic Americans who give their time, knowledge, money and resources to create a difference in their communities. This year Hispanicize is honoring four exemplary individuals who are making great differences in the areas of community revitalization, STEM initiatives, professional empowerment and financial education. “In the midst of these strange times, it is even more imperative that we uplift those Hispanic Americans who provide exceptional and positive contributions to our nation,” said Manny Ruiz, Founder and CEO of Hispanicize Media Group. “By exalting their hard work and dedication, we hope to inspire others to promote change in their own ways. We are grateful to Prudential for once again supporting this program and for making it possible to continue to celebrate these unsung heroes and their accomplishments.” “We are proud to honor Luis, Dante, Roxane and Felipe for their important work in addressing some of the complex and evolving financial and social challenges of our time,” said Lata Reddy, vice president of corporate social responsibility, Prudential Financial and president, The Prudential Foundation. “Their efforts complement Prudential’s core belief that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve financial security and the peace of mind that comes with it. We look forward to recognizing them all at the 2017 Positive Impact Awards in April.” Created in 2013 in honor of the late Louis Pagan, co-founder of Hispanicize and a well-known social media entrepreneur who passed away suddenly in February 2013, the Positive Impact Awards honor those who reflect kindness and commitment, two attributes that Louis embodied. Vote for Positive Impact Person of the Year Beginning March 2, 2017, the public can vote for their choice for the Positive Impact Person of the Year. The winner will be announced on April 4th at the Positive Impact Awards and opening gala of Hispanicize 2017. To vote for Positive Impact Person of the Year visit: www.hispzpia.com. Voting ends on March 30, 2017. Sponsors to Date and Sponsorship Opportunities Available Sponsorship information is still available by contacting sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or calling 203.364.4779. Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: P&G Orgullosa, Crest, Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Wells Fargo, Walmart, State Farm, NASCAR, Best Western, Go Rving, KOA, Israel Board of Tourism, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AARP, CNN, CNN Español, Cooper Tires, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Princess House, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Ole Henriksen, Lansinoh, Alma, República, C-Com Group, Synergy Workspaces, FundLatinos.com, APC Collective, BodenPR, Savings.com, Visit Philly, SaludMóvil and The Calvert Foundation. Additional media partners include: PRWeek, Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse, LatinaMoms.com, Popful, Hispanic Kitchen, 2BTube, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Media Moves, iBlog Magazine, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). About The Hispanicize Event  Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017. The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico. The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog. The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize). About Prudential Financial, Inc.  Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of December 31, 2016, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.


BEDMINSTER, NJ--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2017) - Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the promotion of Carolyn Larke to Senior Managing Director, Senior Trust Officer, Private Wealth Management at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2011, she is part of an experienced wealth management team responsible for the administration of private foundations, retirement accounts, estates and trusts. Ms. Larke began her career managing the trust and estate Tax and Administration areas as a Senior Legal Assistant and Senior Fiduciary Accountant at several New York law firms. She then moved to the Philanthropic Advisory Services area at U.S. Trust Company, also in New York, to start this newly-formed department. As Senior Philanthropic Officer, Carolyn guided individual clients through the compliance and administration issues of charitable trusts and foundations. Leaving New York behind after 25 years, Carolyn joined Beacon Trust Company in Morristown, New Jersey, as a Senior Trust Officer. Carolyn received her BA in economics and paralegal degree, specializing in estates and trusts, from New York University. She is an enrolled agent, licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service since 1986 and is a Certified Financial Planner®. A resident of Oradell, New Jersey, Ms. Larke has served on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association Advisory Board and has volunteered for the AARP Foundation Tax Counseling for the Elderly program in Bergen County. Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation is a New Jersey bank holding company with total assets of $3.88 billion as of December 31, 2016. Founded in 1921, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is a commercial bank that provides innovative private banking services to businesses, real estate professionals, non-profits and consumers, which help them to establish, maintain and expand their legacy. Through its private banking locations in Bedminster, Morristown, Princeton and Teaneck, its private wealth management, commercial private banking, retail private banking and residential lending divisions, along with its online platforms, Peapack-Gladstone Bank offers an unparalleled commitment to client service.


English J.,AARP
Academic Medicine | Year: 2016

Person-centered care, in which an individual patient's goals and preferences are treated as paramount, should be the standard throughout the nation. Achieving this ideal will require a change in the culture of health care, and medical schools can play a vital role in helping achieve it. Lack of communication, uncoordinated services, and dealings with sometimes-aloof clinicians and staff all can increase stress and undermine a person's sense of well-being. In a person-centered system, such experiences would be much less common. The cultural shift starts with the idea of "engaging the consumer" rather than "treating the patient." Such engagement requires honoring individuality. The doctor may have a certain way of doing things. But people vary enormously in their values and priorities. They have different goals, different thresholds of pain, different anxieties, different needs for support, different backgrounds, and different resources to draw on. Individuals should feel empowered, aware of their choices, and connected to their health care providers through meaningful communication and understanding. They deserve to feel that their personal dignity and their wishes are a top priority. They should be made to feel that they, along with their caregivers, are members of the care team. This change will benefit not only patients and families but doctors as well. Doctors will benefit from more insight into the individuals they serve, their interactions with consumers and caregivers will be more positive, and the quality of care will improve. © 2014 by the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Freedman N.D.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Park Y.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Abnet C.C.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Hollenbeck A.R.,AARP | Sinha R.,U.S. National Institutes of Health
New England Journal of Medicine | Year: 2012

BACKGROUND: Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages, but the association between coffee consumption and the risk of death remains unclear. METHODS: We examined the association of coffee drinking with subsequent total and causespecific mortality among 229,119 men and 173,141 women in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study who were 50 to 71 years of age at baseline. Participants with cancer, heart disease, and stroke were excluded. Coffee consumption was assessed once at baseline. RESULTS: During 5,148,760 person-years of follow-up between 1995 and 2008, a total of 33,731 men and 18,784 women died. In age-adjusted models, the risk of death was increased among coffee drinkers. However, coffee drinkers were also more likely to smoke, and, after adjustment for tobacco-smoking status and other potential confounders, there was a significant inverse association between coffee consumption and mortality. Adjusted hazard ratios for death among men who drank coffee as compared with those who did not were as follows: 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.95 to 1.04) for drinking less than 1 cup per day, 0.94 (95% CI, 0.90 to 0.99) for 1 cup, 0.90 (95% CI, 0.86 to 0.93) for 2 or 3 cups, 0.88 (95% CI, 0.84 to 0.93) for 4 or 5 cups, and 0.90 (95% CI, 0.85 to 0.96) for 6 or more cups of coffee per day (P<0.001 for trend); the respective hazard ratios among women were 1.01 (95% CI, 0.96 to 1.07), 0.95 (95% CI, 0.90 to 1.01), 0.87 (95% CI, 0.83 to 0.92), 0.84 (95% CI, 0.79 to 0.90), and 0.85 (95% CI, 0.78 to 0.93) (P<0.001 for trend). Inverse associations were observed for deaths due to heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections, but not for deaths due to cancer. Results were similar in subgroups, including persons who had never smoked and persons who reported very good to excellent health at baseline. CONCLUSIONS: In this large prospective study, coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality. Whether this was a causal or associational finding cannot be determined from our data. (Funded by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.) Copyright © 2012 Massachusetts Medical Society.


Methods and apparatus for facilitating a change for an individual. The methods and apparatus may include determining a current stage of change for an individual based upon information received about making a change. The methods and apparatus may also include setting up a sounding board to communicate with a select number of individuals to receive feedback and/or advice for facilitating a change.


CHICAGO, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After the U.S. House of Representatives recently fast-tracked a measure that aims to prevent states from creating their own workplace savings programs, AARP Illinois and State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs today led a press conference...


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of today’s seniors prefer to “age in place” and live independently in their homes rather than relocate to specialized housing. However, seniors and their loved ones should know that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports falls and trip hazards continue to present very real dangers around the home, causing nearly 3 million injuries and even 27,000 deaths each year. Most troubling of all is the fact that most of these accidents could be easily prevented by taking some easy, precautionary steps. That is why Easy Climber created 31 Tips For Future Proofing Your Home, a handy, easy-to-read infographic detailing nearly three dozen common-sense steps seniors can to take to help mitigate risks in the home and ensure long-term, independent living. 31 Tips For Future Proofing Your Home offers a wealth of safety tips – big and small – to help seniors recognize – and reduce – overlooked hazards around the house. Suggestions run the gamut from simple recommendations like eliminating rugs and installing brighter LED bulbs to making more advanced investments such as installing motorized stair lifts and elevators to reduce the dangers that staircases present. The infographic also includes a variety of non-fall-related guidelines as well. For instance, did you know you can greatly reduce dangers in the kitchen by installing motion detectors that will automatically shut down overlooked stove tops and unused burners? Similarly, regularly putting fresh batteries in smoke detectors and investing in a fire extinguisher are two inexpensive ways to keep kitchens safe. See the full list of Easy Climber’s tips here. Failing to adequately age-proof a home can result in even the most independent-minded senior becoming dependent on loved ones or healthcare providers. By proactively making some simple changes around the home, it can help ensure you can age in place in peace. About Easy Climber Easy Climber Stair Lifts and Home Elevators are provided by one of the nation’s largest home improvement companies, Aging in the Home Remodelers, Inc., an organization devoted to supporting independent living for seniors.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, AARP Travel releases the results of its latest study, diving into the emotional, mental and physical benefits of creating a travel-related bucket list. According to the survey, nearly 4 out of ten baby boomers have a travel...

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